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Chris Nootenboom

Chris Nootenboom (he/him) is a Research Specialist in Natural Capital at the Institute on the Environment with a focus on modeling ecosystem services to improve environmental decision-making. A part of the Natural Capital Project, Chris’ primary expertise is in modeling urban ecosystem services (urban heat island, mental health, stormwater, urban biodiversity) and their connection to socio-economic inequalities in cities; recent publications can be found in sub-journals of Nature and Landscape and Urban Planning. He has also worked on modeling the global economic impacts of climate and land use change, creating decision-support tools for monarch butterfly habitat restoration, and designing tools to aid corporate sustainability efforts in partnership with the Nature Conservancy. Prior to his work at IonE, Chris used urban analytical models to improve building design at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in London and New York. Chris received his B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Carleton College and enjoys rock climbing, making music, and whitewater rafting.